What does abridge mean?
The definition of abridge
A*bridge”, v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Abridged; p. pr. & vb. n. Abridging.]
Etym: [OE. abregen, OF. abregier, F. abréger, fr. L. abbreviare; ad + brevis short. See Brief and cf. Abbreviate.]

1 To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to diminish; to curtail; as, to abridge labor; to abridge power or rights. “The bridegroom . . . abridged his visit.” Smollett. She retired herself to Sebaste, and abridged her train from state to necessity. Fuller.
2 To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to abridge a history or dictionary.
3 To deprive; to cut off; — followed by of, and formerly by from; as, to abridge one of his rights.